A welding student at Shawnee Community College was selected as one of six semifinalists in the ESAB National "Weld It Forward" competition.

Patrick Neader's selection was based on an essay he wrote for the competition. The selection means that Shawnee with be awarded a new equipment package with a value of more than $6,900.

Neader will now move on to the next round of the competition, which consists of a metal fabrication project completed by using some or all of the ESAB equipment provided. The student team from each participating school must document the project build by using images, videos, plans and or blueprints. ESAB will post the six final projects online for the general public to vote on. There will be two grand prize winners.

Each of the winning project schools will receive an equipment “makeover” of their welding program.

— The Southern